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Recognising the signs and symptoms of addiction


In order to help a person with a drug or alcohol addiction before they hit ‘rock bottom’, it is important to be able to spot the signs and symptoms of addiction. In this blog, alcohol rehab experts Port of Call outline the signs of addiction to look out for, so that you are able to address the addiction problem, and help your loved one to get on the road to recovery.

Help an addict by recognising the signs of addiction

How to recognise the signs of addiction as early and possible

Firstly, you should ask yourself if your loved one, friend, or colleague has changed behaviour-wise. Noticing any unusual habits or any changes in their appearance? Has something in particular triggered your suspicion about their possible addiction? These changes could be a sign that they are living a double life, fulfilled by substance abuse. If you find yourself second guessing your loved one, you could very well have discovered an addiction problem that they desperately need help with.

If you do notice suspicious changes in a loved one’s behaviours, habits or appearance, be sure not to ignore this, as changes are your intuitions are probably right. If you would like further advice before acting upon this, get in touch by calling 08000029010 today and we can talk you through the signs of alcoholism and signs of drug use.

Signs of an addiction to alcohol

Signs of alcoholism can include the following symptoms:

  • They continue to drink despite any damage to their relationships stemming from their alcohol consumption.
  • They keep quiet about their drinking – they have a tendency to be dishonest.
  • They neglect their responsibilities at home, work or school.
  • Their friends and family worry about their drinking habits.
  • They drink to de-stress or feel better.
  • They have experienced legal problems as a result of drinking too much.

Signs of addiction to drugs

If you notice your loved one showing any of the following drug addiction symptoms then it may be time to help them seek that addiction support:

  • Behavioural signs of drug use.
  • Financial difficulties.
  • Unusual or secretive behaviour.
  • Poor attendance at work.

Physical signs of drug use

  • Bloodshot eyes.
  • Unusual smells on breath, body, or clothing.
  • Smaller or larger pupils.
  • Deterioration of physical appearance.
  • Tremors, slurred speech, or impaired coordination.
  • Weight loss or gain.

Psychological signs of drug use

  • Changes in personality or attitude.
  • Sudden mood swings, irritability, or angry outbursts.
  • Appears fearful, anxious, or paranoid.
  • Lack of motivation; appears lethargic or ‘spaced out.’
  • Periods of unusual hyperactivity, agitation, or giddiness.

How Port of Call can help

Whether you are concerned about yourself, a family member, friend or loved one; if you’re in need of support and information about how to recognise drug or alcohol abuse symptoms, please contact Port of Call for free on 08000029010 or email help@portofcall.com.

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